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Goals We Set Are Goals We Get!

Having goals is very important. A life without goals is like shooting arrows without aiming at a target. You will most likely hit something, but it probably won't be the target you had intended.

There are two main types of goals: short-term and long-term. Martial arts training is a good example of the dif-ference between short- and long-term goals. A long-term goal might be earning your Black Belt, which could take from eight to ten years or even longer, depending on your progress. If you only set this goal, then you might become discour-aged and give up.

Focusing on short-time goals, however, may be a better way to reach your long-term goals. A short-term goal could be earning new stripes, which only requires a few short months of training. When you focus on and achieve your short-term goals, then your long-term goal of Black Belt won't seem as difficult.

You can apply the same process of setting short- and long-term goals to improve your school grades, complete your chores, control your diet and train harder, etc. To make sure you follow through on your goals, write them on a paper or goal card. It also helps to share goals with a supportive person, such as a parent, teacher or good friend, who can help through the rough spots.

The first step is to decide what goal you want to achieve. Next, you must determine your starting point. For example, you may be receiving C's in school, but your goal is to earn straight A's at school, so that's your starting point. To improve from C's to A's won't be easy, so you must first set some short-term goals.

Some short-term goals you could set are to concentrate on one or two subjects at a time or first improve from B's and then to A's. You could devote one additional hour more per day to study. You could attend extra classes.

Another example: Your long-term goal is to achieve a healthy weight by losing 50 pounds, which is your start-ing point. Two short-term goals could be to lose 5% of your body weight during a specific period of time and to increase your exercise by a half-hour four days a week.

Here's an important tip. Whenever you achieve one of your short-term goals, be proud of yourself, celebrate and enjoy it. That will keep you motivated and working toward your next short-term goal, and eventually help you reach your long-term goals as.

Now, repeat after me: "Goals We Set Are Goals We Get!" Fantastic!

Self-Defense Class Change at Westheimer

In order to bring you the best possible training experience and customer service we have moved our self-defense class to Tues-day's and Thursday's at 8pm in the Upstairs training area. Come join in on the fun of the new self-defense curriculum and get yourself ready for 2015!

Baytown Instructor Highlight—Frost Murphy

What is your martial arts teaching history and where do you currently teach?
I've trained martial arts since 1998. I start-ed with Eric and Hai when they were at the "Dungeon." I train mostly Jiu Jitsu and I bounce from school to school training and teaching as a substitute teacher when needed.

What is your current rank in martial arts?
Black belt In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

What caused you to start practicing mar-tial arts?
A fried took me to class with him. Changed my life.

What is your educational background?
Degree from Texas Tech University

Do you have a competitive history in martial arts?
Yes, three MMA fights and around one hundred BJJ matches.

What do you see is the main benefit the average individual can receive from martial arts?
Whatever they want…. That's the cool part, it works for just about anything you want to accom-plish.

What is your favorite part about practicing martial arts?
After Sports in high school and college I really didn't have a reason to live a healthy lifestyle or stay in shape. Getting better at Jiu Jitsu be-came a reason to go to the gym, diet, run extra etc… It helped me stay in shape all through my 20's and 30's.

Where do you hope martial arts will take you later in your life?
I'd like to keep training until I croak. If I can survive a Jiu Jitsu class when I'm an old guy, I'll be doing pretty good in life.

Greenway Student Highlight— Grace Yung

What is your name and age?
Grace Yung

When did you join Elite MMA?
July 2013

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I needed to find some form of exercise to whip myself into shape. I could-n't walk up to the 3rd floor of my townhouse without being out of breath. I realized that I was way too young to be that out of shape. I tried walking and biking, but I found that to be boring. My personality is such that I need interaction. I needed something to keep my interest. My friends, Tony and David turned me onto Elite. I am so glad they were persistent and talked me into checking it out. It's not just about working out. It's a way of life, a whole different culture and I am glad to be a part of it now.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
The typical excuse of "oh I'm too busy" kept me from getting in shape for years. The bottom line is, we make time for what we want to do. That's why I am glad I found an environment and hobbies I enjoy.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what clas-ses do you take?
I took one semester of Karate back in the day. It was fun, but I didn't stick with it because the people I took the class from didn't encourage me and didn't hold me accountable for my goals or attendance. Don't get me wrong, I don't need some-one to "make" me go to class, but there is something to be said about one of my Elite friends checking in on me to ask how I'm doing and what have I been up to if they don't see me for a couple of days.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
I signed up right away after my first class because I liked the energy. The instructors were all very nice and the people in class were friendly. Everyone was helpful and made me feel welcomed.

Now, I look forward to seeing my friends every day after work. I've gotten to know quite a few people and not only do we attend Elite MMA organized activities together as a group, but we also have outings outside of Elite.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
My first kickboxing class was brutal. I had "zero" cardio endurance. I was so out of shape, I got 15 minutes into the class and felt sick. I had to sit out and recover. Now, my endurance has improved greatly. I can go to kick boxing, BJJ and have a private lesson 2-4 days a week…and do pull ups after class with no issues.

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?
It's never too late to start getting in shape. I can honestly say now that I've been doing this for a year and half that I am in bet-ter physical shape today than I was 10 years ago.

Kingwood Student Highlight— Victorino Family

What is your name and age?
Hollie Victorino, 27, Vance Victorino, 5, Michaela Victori-no, 4.

When did you join Elite MMA?
I joined in February 2013, Vance joined in March 2013, and Michaela joined in May 2013.

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?
I just wanted to get in better shape and lose weight and learn self defense. I put the kids in for self-defense and for them to have a good exercise program every day.

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?
The fear of not knowing what it was all about. I had done it a few months before this class and I liked it so when we came here we really liked the atmosphere and we wanted the kids to take martial arts.

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?
I didn't really have any concerns because as soon as we came in everyone was really friendly and we knew this was something we wanted to do so other than that we didn't really have any concerns.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?
One of the most notable things I've been able to accomplish is even when I was in the Army I wasn't able to run a full mile without stopping to take a break. Since coming here I was able to do that for the first time in my entire life. My kids have also learned a lot of self-respect and they have a lot more manners and discipline now. They really enjoy it as do I

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?
If those are the things you are looking for they are very helpful at Elite. Even if you are very out of shape or wheth-er you are coming here for a new workout and exercise reg-imen, they are very helpful and I definitely don't regret my decision to join with them.

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